HOPE FOR THE ELDERLY & ALL OF US
WHAT IS LIFE ABOUT?
"Life is not about a beginning and an end...it is about a beginning, life, and change.
With change, life's inheritance is imperishable."
It's best to forget about this mystery of an "end," that's too morbid...think "change!" Okay; the transition from the limited physical to an extended life of eternity transpires in either of two distinctive ways, but with the same changed result: 1) If deceased, the physical remains of eons ago or recently to be changed will occur at a "resurrection of the dead." 2) If still alive with flesh and blood, we will undergo a literal "change" from physical life. *Notice below, the Scriptural truth is in direct contrast to *human reasoning (as usual):
"...*flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God,
nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable.
Listen, I tell you a mystery:
We will not all sleep, but we will be changed-in a flash,
in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound,
the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed."
(NIV, 1 Corinthians 15:50-52)
This Greek word "changed" in 1 Corinthians 15:51 is allasso (al-las-so) meaning; to make different, change. So to make different the "perishable" body (physical), is changed when the "dead will be raised," and those alive will be "changed," to be "imperishable." It "...is appointed for mortals to die once"..." (NRSV, Hebrews 9:27); so those of us alive then will die from the physical and, "...in a flash"...we will be changed..." You have an advantage in all this; to understand otherwise difficult Scriptures is to comprehend the whole story.
Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints."
(NIV, Psalm 116:15)
"If mortals die, will they live again?
All the days of my service I would wait until my release should come."
(NRSV, Job 14:14)
"Precious" is "death," because there is to be a "resurrection of the dead," and "our release" from death will "come." After death, our next awareness (page 70) can be when God "will call," and we "will answer:"
"You will call and I will answer you;
you will long for the creature your hands have made."
(NIV, Job 14:15
So we have hope toward and at the end of our life; and when fulfilled this hope will transpire into beginning a new life. Again, it's important to remember after death with no thought process (see top of page 84), the very next conscious thought will be at this resurrection from death to life. In an analogy given before, as when you go to bed real tired and have an uninterrupted night's sleep with no wakeful thoughts; then waking up in the morning you remember what happened before you went to sleep, and the awareness you have with circumstances at your awakening. So it is with the resurrection of the dead.
A sad deception though is when the young, old, and people of all ages resort to committing suicide, thinking they'll have peace from all their problems. No, but what they will have is an instant re-consciousness in a resurrection for judgment...to answer for what they had done.
We should do all we can to promote longevity, but even so most people near the end of life wish for more time. When one dies bereaving loved-ones mourn, and humans respond to a natural element of life. Yet a greater phase is in process, and to understand this we can rejoice because as we'll see "death (is) better" than "birth." At first it may seem all wrong, but again by comprehending the whole story it makes truth simple, clear, and comforting.
"A good name is better than fine perfume, and the day of death better than the day of birth."
"...for death is the destiny of every man (everyone in the NRSV);
the living should take this to heart."
(NIV, Ecclesiastes 7:1-2)
The Great Transition - Changed to What?
Here is a challenge for you; let's see if you can handle it. On the first page and paragraph of "Our Great Calling," we offered the hope to..."Think Beyond." Well, we just considered "...the day of death is better than...(our) birth." With life, what are your interests? What about after death?
"Can we be interested in what God is interested in?
What really is important is what really counts. What is important to us now,
won't matter when we are deceased; so then what will matter?
What's important to God is what will count; can we be interested in what really counts?"
"Ponder the path of your feet, and let all your ways be established."
(NKJ, Proverbs 4:26)
Most people become so bogged-down with the present state-of-their-affairs; they are tricked into not even considering what really is important. What we are doing now could "establish" us one way or another in eternal existence. To "ponder" about life after this life may be difficult, but therein is the key: "When meditating we are actually showing signs of human intelligence" (author unknown). So let's intelligently meditate about our future.
We could think this simply means to meditate about life, take control, and with that is security; but there is more. Establishing our eternal-life-plan has far greater opportunities than our current existence; especially now if we can truly comprehend the significance of this "change" and to "reach-for-the-stars!" So we shall go on to bigger and better things. See more facts and groundwork in the actual free eBook; and we'll look further into our future destiny.
Since we are physical we tend see and think of everything in the physical realm; but now consider, that our change is to be out-of-and-beyond the physical plane. Below, the word "flesh" is specified since we are flesh-and-blood now, but our change will change all that. The difference is Spirit:
"Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit."
(NIV, John 3:6)
Continued in the eBook...